Monday, November 19, 2007

NEWS FLASH: More Casting News for Channing Tatum's 'Pinkville'

Channing Tatum, Jason Behr and Cam Gigandet

Although we just learned that Channing Tatum's war drama 'Pinkville' is one of the now four films to be temporarily shelved because of the ongoing WGA writer's strike, casting information is still being released about the film, and not surprisingly, many people are already speculating on the future involvement of certain cast members with the project.

The Hollywood Reporter is saying that Jason Behr ('The Grudge') and Cam Gigandet ('The O.C.') have joined the cast of Oliver Stone's investigative thriller, which already includes Bruce Willis, Channing Tatum, Woody Harrelson, Michael Pena, Xzibit and Toby Jones. Michael Pitt is also currently in negotiations for a major role in the film.

'Pinkville', which is produced by United Artists and distributed through MGM, is based on the 1968 My Lai massacre that took place during the Vietnam War.

Behr will play Lt. Stephen Brooks, the commanding officer in charge of the American soldiers at My Lai. Gigandet is set to play Fred Widmar, a soldier who is tortured by the guilt and shame he feels after witnessing the slaughter that occurred that horrific day.

As far as possible casting issues are concerned, many are speculating that Bruce Willis may no longer be able to do this film. Variety just announced that he has signed on for a sci-fi thriller called 'The Surrogates', and the studio is planning to start filming in Boston in February.

Depending on if and when 'Pinkville' picks back up, Bruce (and possibly other members of the cast) could have a scheduling conflicts. Let's just all keep our fingers crossed that this movie happens, and the cast does not have to change too much.

As I have said before, I am especially hopeful that Channing will continue to remain a part of 'Pinkville', because I know how much he wants to do film and that it is an amazing opportunity for his career.


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